Two outgoing Columbia Valley mayors are ready to serve on the new Invermere Council.
Both Invermere Mayor Gerry Taft and Canal Flats Mayor Ute Juras did not seek re-election for their roles.
Instead, they decided to run for District Council in Invermere.
Taft feels serving as a councillor is a better fit for his career and young family.
“Young children, life’s pretty busy,” Taft says. “Another reality is that I started working recently full-time as a realtor. I wanted to avoid some of the potential conflicts of interest or perceptions of conflicts of interest.”
Juras recently moved to Invermere and feels she can bring her political insight to her new community.
“There’s different issues in Invermere versus Canal Flats,” “I do think my experience will bring something to the table and I’m looking forward to sharing it.”
Both Taft and Juras will support Invermere’s new Mayor-Elect Allen Miller.
– Outgoing Canal Flats Mayor, Ute Juras
– Outgoing Invermere Mayor, Gerry Taft